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Maurice Jones, Virginia’s commerce secretary and a former HUD official, has been chosen to serve as LISC’s new president and CEO. He succeeds Michael Rubinger, who will step down after 17 years as CEO. Jones brings to the leadership role a career’s worth of business, management and policy experience, as well as an enduring personal commitment to improving communities and the lives of low-income Americans. Read the press release!
LISC NYC has been awarded $500,000 from the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund, which recognizes visionary nonprofit organizations and new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States. The grant will support LISC NYC’s core operations over two years to grow impact development initiatives, real estate projects that drive neighborhood economic development led by mission-oriented, community-based organizations committed to social change. Read the release!
(Photo: Ocean Bay Retail and Community Center, a LISC NYC-supported impact development project led by partners Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) and Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation in collaboration with the New York City Housing Authority. Rendering courtesy of Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects LLP)
LISC NYC and its affiliate, the National Equity Fund, Inc. (NEF), have closed on Tres Puentes, a new, 175-unit affordable housing complex for low-income tenants seniors in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. Tres Puentes is owned by West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, Inc., a longtime LISC NYC community development partner.
We congratulate Colleen Flynn, LISC NYC’s Director of Programs, for being recognized as a rising star in the 40 under 40 inaugural class of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College! The Food Policy Center recognizes policymakers, educators, community advocates, farmers and innovators who are making significant strides to create a healthier and more sustainable food environment!
Students from Mt. Eden’s Comprehensive Model School Project 327 joined on May 16th with New Settlement Apartments, LISC NYC and Groundswell to unveil a public mural about food justice and the role that food workers play in bringing affordable, healthy food to New York. Read the story and see the photos!
LISC's new video charts the career of retiring LISC president and CEO Michael Rubinger and his vision for revitalizing the country’s most disinvested neighborhoods, his long-standing commitment to local CDC partners and his transformative impact on the field of community development. LISC started in New York City more than 35 years ago and now has offices in 31 cities, and Michael was there at the beginning. He led the organization for the past 17 years as CEO and leaves LISC following its best year investing in low-income communities. During a May 5th celebration of his work, he credited LISC’s achievements to talented staff, past and present, and to the monumental work of community leaders “who do what I could never do.” See the video!
Communities for Healthy Food was one of three case studies included in the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund's Healthy Food and Community Change Status Report. The case study recognizes LISC NYC's work to bring affordable, healthy food to low-income communities in New York. Read the report!
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has awarded LISC NYC a grant of $644,000 to expand Communities for Healthy Food to two additional high-need neighborhoods in partnership with community development corporations (CDCs) in 2016 and 2017: Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx and Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) in the Rockaways. Read the release!
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